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Living With Nature Monthly Program

Tucson Audubon’s Living With Nature Monthly Programs entertain, inform, and educate. Expert guest speakers give timely presentations on birds, birding, and habitat conservation and other environmental issues that affect the health of birds. These free educational programs are open to the public, all are welcome! No reservation is necessary in Tucson and Green Valley. You must RSVP for the Oro Valley talk at 520-622-6014.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule or scroll down to see upcoming talks


TUCSON – September through May (none in December, see Holiday Potluck), usually the second Monday of the month, 6:00-6:30pm- social time, 6:30-7:30pm-program.
Tucson lectures are held at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Ave. See updated map

April 10
Feathers and the Native American with Robert Mesta
Native Americans, throughout their history have maintained a special relationship with the birds in their environment. The donning of feathers is a celebration of an ancient connection, a spiritual communication, forces are joined and the dancer assumes the attributes and power of bird he/she impersonates. Historically, it’s this relationship that has sustained the Native American way of life throughout North America. The 20th century brought a series of laws, land reforms and societal changes that threatened this relationship and triggered the decline of both Native American cultures and the birds they revere. Robert will present this little known but compelling story and what is being done to reverse this scenario.


GREEN VALLEY – November through April, first Saturday of the month, 10:00–11:00 am
In Green Valley, the lectures are held at Green Valley Recreation’s Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 Camino del Sol. See map

April 1
Hummingbirds in a Changing World with Susan Wethington
What are the challenges that hummingbirds face and what can we do to help? Changing land use patterns, habitat loss, and changing climate conditions are significant drivers that affect hummingbirds’ ability to survive and thrive. The Hummingbird Monitoring Network is working with multiple universities and organizations to understand and predict how hummingbirds will respond to these changes. In this presentation, Dr. Wethington will present information about hummingbirds, some recent research results that suggest how hummingbirds may respond to these changes, and offer suggestions on how each of us can help hummingbirds thrive.


ORO VALLEY –  Saturdays, 12:00–1:00pm
In Oro Valley, the lectures are held at WNPA Western National Parks Association 12880 N Vistoso Village Dr. See map
Please RSVP to 520.622.6014 as space is limited to 60 seats per lecture.

May 20
Protecting Raptors from Electrocution with Jim Bennett, Larry Weigel, Starlight Noel-Armenta
We will be presenting TEP’s program which is a partnership with the University of Arizona and consists of a proactive approach to providing raptor friendly structures while ensuring safe and reliable electric service to customers and complying with federal regulations.

SEE THE FULL 2016-2017 season schedule

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Tucson Audubon Society

300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

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477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624